Monthly Archives: November 2011

book list: energy, ecology, evolution, extinction, war, natural resources, carrying capacity, infrastructure, agriculture, politics and more

My long reading list (below) is very long and out-of-date, so I’ve broken it up into reading lists by topic (in progress still).  I encourage you to buy the books and print off the articles on acid-free paper (see Preservation … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power Plant Melt-downs, accidents, and failures

Obviously nuclear power plants will continue to fail in the future from earthquakes and tsunamis (Fukushima) and human failure (Chernobyl). But nuclear power plants will also fail for no apparent reason at all due to reasons explained in detail here: … Continue reading

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Electromagnetic Pulse EMP from solar flares or high-altitude nuclear weapon explosion

An exploding high-altitude (25 to 250 miles) nuclear weapon can generate an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) that can zap electronic systems over a wide area — several could potentially take out electronic systems across the country. Periodically there are also solar … Continue reading

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ARkStorm. Extreme precipitation Super Storms in California occur every 100 to 200 years

Super Storms occur every 100 to 200 years in California. The most recent super storm was in 1861-62 and lasted 45 days.  Massive floods resulted.  The Sacramento Valley became an inland sea. These storms cause far more damage than earthquakes.  … Continue reading

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Summary of Greenpeace “Nuclear Reactor Hazards”

This is a summary of: Hirsch, H., et al. April 2005.  Nuclear Reactor Hazards Ongoing Dangers of Operating Nuclear Technology in the 21st Century.  A report prepared for Greenpeace International. Aging. Nuclear power plants (NPP) age in four ways at … Continue reading

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After the Harvest – Keeping foot from rats, mold, insects, fire, and bacteria

Peter Golob, et. al. 2002. Crop Post-Harvest: Science and Technology. Volume 1 Principles and Practice. Volume 2 Durables. Volume 3 Perishables.  Blackwell Science. Introduction It is amazing farmers can grow anything — crops can be destroyed by drought, wildfire, flood, … Continue reading

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Energy Security experts count how many angels can dance on the head of a pin

Sovacool, Benjamin (editor). 2011. The Routledge Handbook of Energy Security.  Routledge. I’m feeling very insecure if the discussions and conclusions in this book at all represent the latest thinking of scholars on energy security. They remind me of the recent … Continue reading

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I’d rather have an Ice Age

Stager, Curt.  2011.   Deep Future. The next 100,000 years of life on earth. Thomas Dunne Books. Overall the tone of this book is don’t worry, there’s a lot we don’t know, and based on what we don’t know and how … Continue reading

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